New micro-miniature fine-pitch board-to-board connectors

08-07-2015 | Molex | Connectors, Switches & EMECH

Two new versions of its SlimStack fine-pitch SMT board-to-board connector
family have been introduced by Molex. The SlimStack Hybrid Power SMT
connector and the SlimStack Armor SMT connector combine extra power lines
into a signal connector.

Designed for smartphones, portable audio players, and mobile medical
devices, the Molex SlimStack connector portfolio offers manufacturers a wide
selection of low profile, narrow width interface options in various heights
and circuit sizes for space savings and design flexibility.

"Mobile device makers need better strategies to increase available signal
and power, and shorten battery charge time, without monopolising more
space," says Mike Higashikawa, product manager, Molex. "Our compact
SlimStack connectors provide highly reliable power and signal connections
for a growing range of smaller, thinner mobile devices popular with

SlimStack Hybrid Power SMT board-to-board connectors primarily support power
functionality in battery and other mobile device power applications.
Featuring a 0.4mm pitch and ultra-low profile 0.75mm mated height, the
hybrid connectors enable high-current carrying capability, with a
dual-contact structure for excellent power and signal reliability. The
SlimStack hybrid connector delivers 6A power, 0.3A signal.

Featuring a 0.35mm pitch and 0.60mm mated height, the SlimStack Armor SMT
board-to-board connectors primarily support signal functionality in mobile
devices and other tight-packaging applications. When additional power is
needed for value-added features, such as fast battery charging or LED flash
functions, the metal housing covers on SlimStack Armor connectors can serve
as power nails to deliver up to 3A of extra power. All Molex SlimStack
connectors provide secure terminal retention. Constructed of high strength
copper alloy, dual contacts on the signal and power terminals reduce the
risk of power or signal disruption due to shock, vibration or drops.

SlimStack Armor connectors feature robust metal covers on the housing
corners to prevent damage from misalignment during mating. By loading
terminals from the bottom, Armor connectors create a 'canopy' style cover in
the housing, which serves as a barrier to prevent terminal pull-out during
rough angled un-mating. The cover also prevents housing damage by absorbing
wear and tear of multiple mating cycles. A wide chamfered alignment area
makes the connector and plug easier to guide together. Audible and tactile
feedback confirms when a SlimStack connector is properly mated to a device,
says the company.

"Whether a device maker needs space savings in a 'power plus signal' or
'signal plus power' connector with a more robust housing, our Molex
SlimStack connectors check every box," added Higashikawa.

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